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Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne
6Magazine co-editors

Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne

Publisher/Co-Editors of 6Magazine - a football and hip-hop culture digital magazine

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When I was young in the '90s, the Super Bowl was always played three weeks early in the NFC championship game. It was always between the NFC West champs, the San Francisco 49ers and the NFC East champs, the Dallas Cowboys. The game never disappointed either and when the real Super Bowl came around, both teams always made sure the Lombardi trophy rested in the National Football Conference. My how things have changed.

In the 2000s, the NFC's stronghold on the league slowly turned into desperation finger tips on the side of a building. The AFC crushed the decade winning seven Super Bowls. The only NFC winners were the Buccaneers in 2002, Giants in 2007, and Saints in 2009. The reason is simple, it's the owners.

Look at the stability in the AFC: Pittsburgh, New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis, San Diego and Tennessee. Look at the ineptitude of the NFC with Washington, Dallas, Chicago and Detroit. The aforementioned AFC teams. The aforementioned AFC teams have had only 12 coaching changes in the last decade. The NFC teams have had 19 in the last decade. Who is picking these coaches...the GMs and the owners.

I can name several NFC owners off the top of my head, Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder, Zygi Wilf, Arthur Blank, and former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere etc. I only know a few AFC owners, Dan Rooney, Al Davis, because the Raiders are my favorite team and Al Davis is senile, and Robert Kraft because the Patriots are the best organization in football. The recent owners in the NFC have all wanted to be superstars themselves. Jay-Z is one of my favorite rappers, but his stint as President of Def Jam didn't go over so well. You can't be the superstar and manager at the same time. If that was the case you'd see more player coaches.

It's been said a team is a direct reflection of it's head coach, and that statement is very true. Who is signing off on the head coach? Most likely it's the general manager who was hired by the owner.

-- Richard Boadu

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne  |  November 4, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  | Category:  AFC , NFC Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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